Recent MLB Player News

Padres' Christian Villanueva (hamstring) expected out until Friday

San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva (hamstring) is expected to miss the remainder of the series with the Colorado Rockies and is targeting a return to action on Friday.

What It Means:

Villanueva was a late scratch on Monday after feeling tightness in his left hamstring. With the weather a bit cold in Denver, manager Andy Green is playing it safe and sitting out the third baseman the final two games, giving Villanueva four days to rest before the Padres' return home for a three-game set with the New York Mets. Cory Spangenberg will see extra at-bats at third in Villanueva's place.

Villanueva has started hot, hitting .355 with a .512 wOBA and 7 homers through 72 plate appearances.

Source: MLB.com

Tigers-Pirates game on Tuesday postponed due to rain

Tuesday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to rain.

What It Means:

The game was in delayed for over an hour before being called. The two teams will make it up on Wednesday with a doubleheader beginning at 4:05 pm EST. Starting pitchers Jordan Zimmerman and Chad Kuhl, for the Tigers and Pirates respectively, are expected to start on Wednesday as part of the doubleheader.

Padres and Rockies game on Tuesday will be delayed due to rain

The start of the game between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies will be delayed on Tuesday due to rain.

What It Means:

Showers are moving through the Denver area pushing back the start of the game on Tuesday. The game is still likely to be played as the start has been rescheduled for 9:25 pm EST.

Our models give the Rockies a 62.2% chance of pulling out the win on Tuesday.

Nats call up Adrian Sanchez, have him hitting seventh on Tuesday

Washington Nationals infielder Adrian Sanchez was called up from Triple-A on Tuesday and is in the starting lineup.

What It Means:

Sanchez will handle third base duties and bat seventh, sending Wilmer Difo to the bench. Matt Reynolds was sent down to the minors in a corresponding move.

Our models project Sanchez for just 5.5 FanDuel points on Tuesday night versus the San Francisco Giants.

Wilmer Difo will come off the Nationals' bench on Tuesday

Washington Nationals infielder Wilmer Difo is not in the lineup on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Difo will get a breather on Tuesday as Adrian Sanchez will start at the hot corner versus The San Francisco Giants.

numberFire's algorithms project Difo for a .271 batting average and 21 runs scored in 167 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Matt Wieters absent from Nationals' Tuesday lineup

Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Wieters is getting a routine day off as Pedro Severino handles the catching duties and bats eighth against the San Francisco Giants.

numberFire's models project Wieters for 7 homers, 38 RBI, and a .249 batting average in 317 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Pedro Severino starting at catcher for Washington on Tuesday

Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino is in the lineup on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Severino will get the spot start against the San Francisco Giants as he starts behind the plate and bats eighth on Tuesday. Matt Wieters will be available off the bench.

Our models project Severino for 7.0 FanDuel points while costing just $2,000.

Justin Bour returns to the Marlins' lineup on Tuesday

Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is in the lineup on Tuesday, batting cleanup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Bour got a routine day off on Monday but is back in action Tuesday versus Kenta Maeda. Miguel Rojas will shift back to shortstop after filling in at first last night.

Our models project Bour for 10.7 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

Derek Dietrich back in the leadoff spot for Miami on Tuesday

Miami Marlins utility man Derek Dietrich is in the lineup, batting leadoff and playing in left field on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Dietrich got the night off on Monday but is back in his usual leadoff spot for the Marlins on Tuesday night. J.B. Shuck heads to the bench with Cameron Maybin shifting over to right field to make room for Dietrich.

Our models project Dietrich for 7.9 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

J.B. Shuck is not in the lineup on Tuesday for Miami

Miami Marlins outfielder J.B. Shuck is not in the lineup on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Shuck manned right field on Monday night but will move to a bench role on Tuesday with Derek Dietrich starting in left and shifting Cameron Maybin over to right field against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Shuck is sporting just a .226 batting average with 3 runs scored in 33 plate appearances so far this season.

Miguel Rojas dropped to seventh in Marlins' Tuesday lineup

Miami Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas has dropped to seventh in the batting order on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Rojas was leading off on Monday night but will hit in the bottom third of the lineup versus Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Derek Dietrich gets the nod at the top of the order.

Our models project Rojas for 6.8 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

Yadiel Rivera will come off the Marlins' bench on Tuesday

Miami Marlins infielder Yadiel Rivera is not in the lineup on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Rivera started at shortstop the last two nights but will come off the bench on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miguel Rojas will start at short and bat seventh on Tuesday.

Rivera has just 2 hits and 2 runs in 19 plate appearances so far this year.

Austin Jackson is not in the lineup Tuesday for the Giants

San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Jackson is not in the lineup on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Jackson gets a routine day off as the Giants start Gregor Blanco in centerfield against the Washington Nationals.

numberFire's models project Jackson for a .277 batting average, 40 runs scored, and 4 steals in 335 plate appearances.

Gregor Blanco will leadoff for the Giants on Tuesday night

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is in the lineup on Tuesday, batting leadoff versus the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Blanco will fill in for Austin Jackson as he mans centerfield on Tuesday night. Blanco has been used as the Giants 4th outfielder, playing every other day and manning different spots each game.

Our models project Blanco for 8.9 FanDuel points while costing $2,200 on Tuesday.

Tony Wolters out of the lineup Tuesday in Colorado

Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters is not in the lineup Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Wolters got the start in the Rockies' last game on Monday, but he will head to the bench Tuesday with Chris Iannetta taking over behind the plate. Iannetta is hitting fifth against lefty Eric Lauer.

Our models project Wolters for a .259 batting average with 3 home runs, 16 RBI, and 22 runs scored over 186 plate appearances remaining this season.

Yasmani Grandal sitting for Dodgers versus Marlins

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Austin Barnes will step behind the plate while Grandal grabs a seat on the Dodgers' bench. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday's series opener but is slashing .328/.423/.552 with a .975 OPS through 78 plate appearances (18 games) this season.

Grandal is averaging 13.1 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to bat .210 with 13 homers, 31 RBI, and 29 runs scored in 305 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Corey Seager starting for Dodgers on Tuesday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is starting on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Seager will bat second versus Marlins southpaw Dillon Peters after being held out of the lineup in Monday's series opener. Kike Hernandez will move to second base while Austin Barnes handles catching duties and Yasmani Grandal heads to the bench.

numberFire's models project Seager to score 10.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 on Tuesday.

Noel Cuevas starting in right field Tuesday for Rockies

Colorado Rockies outfielder Noel Cuevas is in the lineup Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Ian Desmond is moving in to play first base, so Cuevas is getting the start in right field. Cuevas is hitting eighth against lefty Eric Lauer.

Our models project Cuevas for 12.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,500.

Christian Villanueva (hamstring) still out for San Diego on Tuesday

San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva (hamstring) remains out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

This will be a second straight absence for Villanueva, who was also scratched from Monday's series opener. Cory Spangenberg is starting again at third base and batting seventh versus Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland for Tuesday's matchup.

Villanueva is averaging 14.6 FanDuel points per game this season. Assuming the injury doesn't lead to an extended absence, numberFire's models project him to bat .251 with 14 homers, 46 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 366 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Orlando Arcia out for Brewers on Tuesday due to stomach bug

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia is not in Tuesday's lineup due to a stomach bug.

What It Means:

Arcia missed the past two games due to a bum ankle but tonight's absence is the result of a mild illness. He should be back in action against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Eric Sogard is starting at short again and batting ninth Tuesday versus Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Arcia is averaging 6.0 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to bat .264 with 7 homers, 41 RBI, 52 runs scored, and 17 steals in 451 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Ryan McMahon out of the lineup Tuesday in Colorado

Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon is not in the lineup Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

McMahon got the start at first base on Monday, but with Ian Desmond moving in to play first base, McMahon is out of the lineup. Desmond is batting seventh against southpaw Eric Lauer.

Our models project McMahon for a .256 batting average with 6 homers, 23 RBI, and 19 runs scored over 204 plate appearances remaining this season.

Eric Lauer called up by Padres for major league debut on Tuesday

San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Lauer was called up from Triple-A El Paso and will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Lauer was the 25th overall pick of the 2016 MLB Draft and will be making his big league debut tonight in Colorado. He spun a 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 188 strikeouts across 171 2/3 innings in the minors.

numberFire's models project Lauer to score 19.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 on Tuesday.

Chris Iannetta in Rockies' lineup on Tuesday

Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is in the lineup Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Tony Wolters is headed to the bench on Tuesday with the Rockies hosting the Padres. Iannetta is hitting out of the fifth spot against left-hander Eric Lauer.

Our models project Iannetta for 11.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,200.

Abraham Almonte out of Royals' lineup versus Brewers

Kansas City Royals outfielder Abraham Almonte is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Almonte will be replaced in center field by Jon Jay for Tuesday's series opener. He went a combined 4-for-7 with 1 home run, 4 RBI, and 3 runs scored in two starts over the weekend.

Almonte is averaging 8.0 FanDuel points per game this season while going 8-for-33 (.242) with 2 home runs in 11 games.

Tyler O'Neill is sitting out Tuesday for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill is not in the lineup Tuesday against the New York Mets.

What It Means:

With Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham back in the lineup for St. Louis on Tuesday, O'Neill will head to the bench against righty Zack Wheeler and the Mets.

O'Neill is averaging 1.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

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